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Sawyer's Triple - Stone Brewing Co.

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 137
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 46
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 10-04-2003

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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 137
Photo of CrellMoset
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of numbeercruncher - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a clear, filtered orange gold, very vibrant and bright. The half-finger white head fades distressingly quickly, unfortunately, and the lacing is splotchy, runny, glittery. Carbonation is faint as well, though what is there is fast, fine, quick. The color's really nice, though I really wish the head had a little more to offer.

Aroma: Now that's more like it. Very crisp and clean, with tons of fruit, spice, and great Belgian malt notes. Pineapple, clove, and bubble gum seem to be the dominant three representing from each of those category, though there are deviations - pears and bananas, coriander and faint cinnamon, honey and other sweet, pale pils malts. Faint herbal notes - thyme, mint - are faintly noticeable. Very complex and full-bodied.

Taste: Halfway between sweet and dry, and very similar to the nose - fruity, spicy, and malty. It's really very similar to the nose, in fact - pineapple, banana, melon, clove, bubble gum, cotton candy - but with a soupcon of tartness that detracts ever so slightly from a few of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and medium bodied, but incredibly even and thin. It's fantastically delicate and smooth, but still somehow crisp and lively. Great.

Drinkability: What a fantastic beer, and for such a fantastic cause too. I'm very, very glad to have tried this one - many thanks again to a fantastic trader, numbeercruncher - and definitely would recommend it to others. Alcohol is not unreasonable for the style and well-hidden, the flavors and aromas are wonderfully complex and inviting, the mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp ... I'm gonna have to call this one a definite winner. (1,748 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 22 oz. bomber into a large wine glass. Pours a mostly clear light golden in color with a short lived head and just a touch of haze. Retention is brief, surrendering to a surface cap for the duration of the glass, or a surface ring more accurately as this soon looks like apple juice. You really need to force the pour if you want a good head here.

Smell is somewhat sweet and yeasty but offers little depth. Notes of sweet rollup fruits plus some alcohol. Improves with warming. Sweetness easily trumps any yeast notes here, this is the antithesis of a good Belgian in the nose. Yeast notes abound when agitated but settle down rather quickly and remain cloaked in malts of secrecy most of the time.

Taste is a bit soapy sweet and again offers only moderate depth. What's there is citric sweet to a degree, with orange notes dominating.

Decent feel and drink but not really. The beer seems rushed and has a malty sweetness that offers little reason to linger.

Surely an American Triple. Malts are uniform and without a lot of character, yet the sweetness is apparent though not complex. As I embrace Belgian Tripels I question American versions thereof. (1,167 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at the Stone Brewery.

A - A light golden color with good clarity and very little head.

S - Spicy with clove and some banana.

T - A spicy start with lots of clove and a hint of pepper. Then it becomes semi-sweet yet the spices linger faintly. This is a good American brewed Belgian.

M - A moderate consistency and a nice low carbonation.

D - This is easy to drink beer brewed for a good cause. I hope the donated proceeds make a difference. (481 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear beer although there seems to be a tiny fuzz of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This has a nice coppe/pink gold glow. The head is light and a bit fizzy. It's short-lived and fades to a small ring around the edge of the glass. It's a five color with a 2 head. I weigh color higher than head so I'm giving it a 4. The aroma is definitely nice. Pepper, cotton candy, apricots something that I'm missing the word for. The flavor is good, adds on a tad of sourness (barely noticeable). A bit cidery. I'm actually surprised by the bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call this a bitter beer, but it's more bitter than what I was expecting from the style. (665 characters)

Photo of katan
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a "glass" from a hotel

A - Pours a darker golden color - very thick looking. Head formation is very strong, leaving behind a 1/2" foam. Very well retained. Very carbonated looking.

S - A tripel no doubt - has a nice combination of yeast spice and boozy phenolic notes. Reminds me somewhat of a syrup for waffles or pancakes. Some bready undertones.

T - Starts off easy - just a bit sweet. Starts to develop a belgian yeast bite through the mid-stream. Finishes with a nice sweet bready malt hit combined with a lingering phenolic warmth. The spicing exists throughout the beer, somewhere in the vein of a clove. Overall the flavors are fairly muted.

M - The carbonation that I see doesn't translate into the bite I taste. The sugary backbone of this beer does hang out on the tongue big time.

D - Low ABV for the style is a big plus for me. Tripels are moving above witbiers as my favorite style. Not at all abusive to the palette from the flavors, nor is it very filling. A highly drinkable tripel.

Glad to support the fight against ALD - and a superb beer to boot. Straight from Stones today from a brewery tour - I doubt it can be more fresh. (1,165 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a half-pint goblet at Stone Bistro.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Light toast is obscured somewhat by bright esters, wild mint, and fusel alcohols that impart occasional whiffs of solvent and urea.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with lightly toasted malt, delicate herbs, and some snappy anise that lends an edge. The trend is toward increasing dryness, becoming more clean, with a burst of bright apples and pears in the middle. It finishes with restrained bitterness amidst more herbaceous spice. Alcohol is occasionally detected, adding a spirituous quality that is consistent with the style (but seems inconsistent with the mildness of the other flavors found here.)

M: Thin to medium viscosity, feels more substantial on the palate than it tastes, with moderate carbonation.

D: An interesting take on the abbey tripel style--more like a tripel lite--whose sensory qualities come totally unexpected in a beer from Stone. It drinks easily enough, and leans toward the lower end of the abv range for the style, but flavors seem muted and lacking interest compared to other beers of the style. In fact, this beer may be one of Stone's mildest, tasting less assertive than the pale ale. Definitely rare and probably over-rated, Sawyer's triple is the least likely beer to be judged a Stone brew in a blind tasting. (1,416 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone Winter Storm

A: Buttercup color with a decent bit of haze but almost no head. A small snow white ring remains.

S: Banana, cloves, cardomon and vanilla.

T: Strong banana candy flavors transforms slowly to butterscotch. Finishes lightly grassy and somewhat spicy. Thats really about it,

M: Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Not bad. Good flavor but nothing special. Lacks a lot of depth. (416 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a wine glass. One of many unique beers I found at the World Bistro shop during my visit home for the holidays.
A: Moderate pour yields very little head, why so little? Tiny bubble ring, but overall disappointing head level. Dark gold/slightly amber color liquid that is slightly cloudy. Too dark for tripel I would say - pretty, but unconventional. More head please.
S: Belgian fruit, banana, musty farmhouse ale smell, holy basil.
T: Sweet, musty, coriander and clove, nice malt character, honey.
M: Slightly syrupy. Tingly from spicy and herbal character (not carbonation). Good feeling in the mouth.
D: Good. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Wouldn't order another, but would buy again. (700 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark hazy golden with a thick head that leaves globs of lacing as it dissipates.

Aroma is wheaty, with generous bubblegum. Hint of lemon and honey.

Taste is candied sugar and citrus fruit. Bubblegum, lemon grass and honey as the nose suggested. Lingering subtle yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and soft.

Tasty, smooth and very drinkable. Flavor is balanced and unified. Definitely worth a try. (420 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Big thanks to RodBurg for this one!

Pours a clear, golden, orange color, with a hint of amber. One finger head of frothy white foam that dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent, but minimal.

Nice sugarey sweetness greets me first. Followed up with some nice fruitiness and a touch of spices. Slight hints of malts.

A very good, mild triple. Nice fruit flavors, accompanied by a touch of floral. Apples, pears and a touch of banana, are mixed with corriander and clove. The spices are balanced by a nice level of sugar sweetness.

Nice and creamy smooth feeling, in the mouth. Enough body to interest you, yet not enough to overpower. Perfect level of medium carbonation.

If you want a brew that doesn't ask too much of you, this could be it. Very smooth, light, and easy to drink. Recommended, if you have the opportunity. (880 characters)

Photo of mschofield
2.47/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this, it was brewed to raise money for a sick kid, well I'm glad I donated some money to the cause at least.
Pours a crystal clear golden amber, topped with a one finger white head that disappears almost immediately, leaves small bits of lacing.
Soft fruity aroma, toast, some floral and wheat notes.
A bit warming but there isn't much to the flavor - wheat, candy, bubblegum and fruit. Theres no real punch or anything to grab you, pull you in, and let you know you're drinking a tripel.
Next time I'd just mail in a check and skip the beer. (570 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Sawyer's Tripel pours up with a modest whitish head that barely rings the bright, deep sunset-peach golden body. The white head dissipates rather quickly leaving some light lacing in its wake. The aroma is ripe with fruity esters (bubblegum, green banana, peach pit) which emerges more as it warms along with some earthy (arugula, coriander, cilantro), floral (hibiscus, redbud, rosehip) & spicy (black peppercorn, coriander) notes from the chosen Belgian yeast. Alcohol is notable, but doesn't detract. The flavor starts off with some honey & candied fruit sweetness which is underscored by a light but unabtrusive bitterness that carries towards slightly sweet, fruity & spicy, cheek warming finish. Sawyer's Triple is one of the better microbrewed tripels that I've had in a good while. Here's to a fine beer for a great cause fighting ALD!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Taster's Note: Thanks to RodBurg for the opportunity! (926 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy hazy yellow-orange color, has a small white foamy head of small bubbles that doesn't last long. Fruity and spicy flowery aromas. Fruity bready and spicy yeasty flavors. Full bodied with soft carbonation, full and round mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed, a really enjoyable tripple. I would like to thank herbjones for sending me this great brew. (361 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split amongst friends at a recent gathering. Thanks goes out to Swimsum for bringing this treat!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy, honey-colored body with a thin, white, foamy halo on top. No lacing. Pretty weak retention. Meh.

Smell: Warm apple pie, overripe banana, honey, clove, and maybe even cinnamon. Lots of candy-like sweetness in here. Very fun to quaff.

Taste: Dough, clove, leafy hops, and banana, with a touch of sourness/funk from the Belgian yeast. Not as exciting or deep as I had hoped. Pretty good overall; mellow.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated with tiny, soft bubbles. Medium-bodied and very dry. Nice amount of mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: Other than the smell, this was a very forgettable tripel. With that said, Sawyer's is still a solid beer. I probably won't buy it again, but I wouldn't mind drinking it. (844 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last night, my wife and I decided to share a bottle of beer, she having me pick something out. I opted for one of my last two bottles of Sawyers Triple and, without letting her see me pour it, had her guess what I handed her. She nailed it on the first try. Good girl, my missus!
So how was Sawyers Triple, now going on 20 months old from the time of release? It still has a clear golden color, vibrant carbonation and a short-lived white head that shrivelled down to a thin collar. The nose has fallen off a bit, particularly in the spiciness it possessed in the beginning. There is still the fruity sweetness and dusty yeasty malt notes but the pepper and clove spice notes, as well as the light bubblegum aroma, has diminished.
The taste carries more of a apple fruitiness and bready malt flavor while the spiciness has faded some. Still, an ephemeral peppery bite haunts the finish. The bitterness has softened over time. The alcohol is still present, providing a slight kick and warmth with each swallow. The feel is still where it was at the start, medium-bodied, lively and well-carbonated.
Overall, Sawyer's Triple is still a nice triple and easily drinkable. I'd say it's getting on in beer-years so I plan on drinking my last one fairly soon. If you've got a few stashed away, you might want to break one out and try it again yourself. (1,348 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served as a sample from the 22 oz. bomber, into a sampler glass. The color was golden, with a nice head retention. The smell was a nice sweetness. The taste was honey sweet, and had a slight alcohol bite. Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated. As for drinkability, a few of these would be nice.

The best beer I wish I never had. A fitting tribute to courage, both in Sawyer Sherwood as well as in all of us, and hopefully tragedies like this will soon cease with the support for ALD prevention that Stone so graciously donated. I thank my good friend WVbeergeek for bringing this bottle to Chiodo's on the day of the Pittsburgh Gathering, and hopefully the next time I have this beer, ALD will be a bad memory. (707 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown Stone bomber into a Chimay chalice, a bright amber-gold with a small 1/3" of white foamy head. The head turns to surface patch and a ring, with very little clinging lace. Good carbonation with tons of microscopic bubbles rising from the bottom.

Sweet, fruity, yeasty and spicy...very nice Belgian type Triple nose. Ripe green apple, banana, pear, yeast and candi sugar to name a few of the aromatics coming through.

The flavor is even more complex with a fruit filled sweetness that tapers off to a hop and yeasty spiciness in the finish. A light warming from the 7.6% alcohol, lingers with the aftertaste. Medium body and perfect carbonation for this style, give this brew an authentic taste and drinkability that I truly recommend.

The beer has not been brewed for several years and has been brought back by Stone for it's original charities sake. The proceeds from this brew go to an organization to help fight ALD's, a life threatening disease. A worthy cause. (995 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-amber body with a slight haze wears almost no head at all which disappoints a bit for a tripel. Honest aroma consisting mostly of gentle yeast notes and mead-like maltiness (honey, flowers, clovers). Moderate spiciness, herbs and mild smokiness. Rather perfumey palate, spicy (rosemary, basil), honey attack and candi sugar dominates a mild alcohol character. Nice soft carbonation, medium bodied. Average tripel. (420 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange, with a tiny white head. The head fades fast, leaving a very thin lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has some spices mixed in also. Mostly cloves. Some citrus hops aroma is present, but only just slightly. All the aromas of this beer are very subtle.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Grainy up front, with some spicyness. Cloves and maybe a little coriander. Some citrus flavor is present.

This beer is very low in carbonation, but since it is old, I expected as much. It goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer, if it was accessable. It is quite rare though, and hard to get even one bottle. It does taste good though.

Overall: Stones was selling this beer as part fo their Winter Storm party. It was $22 a bottle, with all the procedes going to ALD charitys. I liked this beer. I was happy to give a little. (918 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright-looking orange/gold in color with a tight, long-lasting white head. Aromas are spot-on for the style: spicy, bready, doughy, sugary. Flavor was spicy, sweet, lots of fruits. Finishes with a bready aftertaste. Fairly full-bodied and slick mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable. Huge note of thanks to the entire crew at Stone for creating a special beer for a special person. Very well-done.

http://www.stopald.org
http://www.aldfoundation.org (447 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise offering shared by Kegatron.

Poured a clear golden yellow with a nice white head. Retention doesn't last long but leaves some spotty lacing cling. Smells of green apple, pineapple, candy, peppery spices, honey, and yeast. Tastes of mango, pineapple, orange peel, green apple, banana, clove, coriander, honey, Belgian candy, cracker meal, and yeast with a peppery finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice fruitiness and some spicy notes. A good Tripel that is easy to drink and isn't too boozy. (533 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy golden orange color with two fingers of head. The smell is fairly spicy with cloves and pepper. There are also some fruity esters and alcohol to the smell. The taste is smooth and mellow starting off with sweet malt. Hints of spice and fruit then show up. The finish brings forth a little bit of hops and just a hint of alcohol. It is an extremely balanced brew. The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth, and the drinkability is superb for a tripel. I think this is a great representation of the style.

But, no matter how much I like this beer, I wish it would have never been made. I wish that there was no such thing ALD, and I wish Sawyer didn't have to battle the disease. My glass is raised up toward heaven, toward little Sawyer. It is also raised for every other person that has to battle this disease. I thank Greg and everyone at Stone for helping the cause, and all my thoughts and condolences go out to the Sherwood family. (997 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Stone into Duvel glass.

A: Pretty golden slightly orange color. Nice head upon poor. Dissipates gradually. Some of the head is brought after agitation. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Orange and floral nose up front. Little bit of vanilla. Quite sweet smelling.

T: Orange peel, cream, spice, something I can't quite make out... cloves? I don't know. Quite complex. Very satisfying.

M: Not exceptionally viscous for the style, but quite nice. Moderate carbonation.

D: I could fully session this beer. That probably wouldn't end well though.

As usual, very impressed with Stone's venture into a Belgian style. (621 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New bottling of this beer.

A: Golden orange with a minimal white head that dies relatively quickly.

S: Phenolic sweetness with a coriander sort of spice character. Decent, but not all that inviting for me.

T: A bit on the sweet side with touches of caramel and a somewhat sharp spice and alcohol bite toward the end. Not all that complex and doesn't intrigue like the really good triples (a tough feat though, apparently). Meh.

M: Decent carbonation, but it just isn't lively on the tongue. Something about it seems to weigh it down in a way I don't enjoy. I suppose it could be a tad more dry - that could help.

D: As above, meh.

Maybe some age will help, but this is not really a great triple. Admittedly, I've had few American triples that were truly good, but still. Well, let's see how it ages.. (806 characters)

Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown amber with an ogg-white head. Nice and fruity sweet. But not over the top sweet, more of a mellow sweet. Spices are quite there too. Touch of hop bitter bite at the end aswell. Nice chew of a mouthfeel and the brew goes down easy. Another first class beer from Stone. (292 characters)

Sawyer's Triple from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.